Regional Progress / Regional Cooperation
The First Tennessee Development District was formed in 1966 as a result of legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly. The First Tennessee Development District is one of nine regional organizations in the state that carries out general and comprehensive planning and development activities for local governments. The mayors from the eight counties and twenty municipalities that comprise the District, as well as industrial and legislative representatives, serve on the board of directors and provide direction to the staff as they serve the region through planning, coordination and technical assistance.
About the Development District
This voluntary association of local governments is committed to improving the quality of life in Northeast Tennessee. Addressing common problems and issues regarding economic development and regional growth is the primary goal of the First Tennessee Development District. This goal is accomplished through economic and community development, economic development financing, research and planning, environmental management initiatives, housing activities, human resource evaluation, assessment, and providing services to the elderly and disabled.
The FTDD works closely with economic development professionals across the region in addition to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Economic Development Agency, USDA Rural Development, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. At the local level, the District is engaged in work with Appalachian Sustainable Development, Appalachian RC&D Council, Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, Northeast Tennessee Workforce Board, and the Tennessee Valley Corridor.